in·​fer·​no | \ in-ˈfər-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce inferno (audio) \
plural infernos

Definition of inferno

: a place or a state that resembles or suggests hell the inferno of war also : an intense fire : conflagration a raging inferno

Examples of inferno in a Sentence

By the time help arrived, the fire had grown to a raging inferno. the intense heat of the raging inferno repeatedly drove back the firefighters
Recent Examples on the Web All the candles are turning the room into an inferno! Karla Pope, Good Housekeeping, 30 June 2022 But there was one player who, with spirited and aggressive play at the beginning of the fourth, lit the match that turned into an inferno of comeback. Globe Staff,, 3 June 2022 The water near the shore turns into an inferno of foam so aerated that Jet Skis choke on it. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 An interior wall fell as firefighters found an inferno throughout the entire home, forcing the crews to fight the fire from outside, the agency said. oregonlive, 13 Apr. 2022 The cause of the inferno remains under investigation. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 17 May 2022 Rebuilding this town nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada was far from certain after Paradise was lost to the inferno known as the Camp Fire. CBS News, 29 May 2022 Despite the inferno being 80 percent contained, its flames are still burning through 11 groves, said Garrett Dickman, a National Park Service botanist in Yosemite National Park., 10 Oct. 2021 Despite the inferno being 80% contained, its flames are still burning through 11 groves, said Garrett Dickman, a National Park Service botanist in Yosemite National Park. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 10 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of inferno

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inferno

Italian, hell, from Late Latin infernus

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9 Aug 2022

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“Inferno.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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